By John Leung
Clubs are a varied lot. On campus, clubs are divided into 10 “umbrella groups,” each representing general interest and academic types, ranging from Academic (most departments have a students’ association) to Interest (e.g. student wings of non-governmental organizations on campus) and Hobbies.
During Clubs Week, held at the beginning of the Fall and Winter semesters, clubs, societies and fraternities occupy the North and South Courtyards of MacEwan Student Centre, as well as in the Science Theatres area. There, you can talk to club members and executives, and join these clubs. Memberships usually entail benefits, ranging from old exam banks to discounts at club-hosted parties held at venues throughout Calgary.
To join at other times, simply visit the clubs’ offices, usually located in the academic department or at the Students’ Union Clubs Offices (on the west side of MSC) and they will be happy to sign you up.
Throughout the year clubs also host their own events, from parties and cabarets at the Den/Black Lounge/any other place in town to essay writing seminars. Signing up also means you will get a red clubs card, which entitles you to a 15 per cent discount at the Den/Black Lounge on Clubs Night, and discounts at the Print and Copy Centre.
If you wish to start a club of your own, you can visit the Clubs Chair Shawna Little at the SU Club Space during regular business hours. She will be able to point you in the right direction with regards to all of the necessary paperwork and hoop jumping.